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Sprint, T-Mobile Ask FCC to Stop the Clock on Verizon Deals

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Mar 6, 2012, 10:53 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint, T-Mobile, DirecTV, and the Rural Telecommunications Group today filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission requesting it that it stop the clock on its review of Verizon's proposed spectrum purchases. The groups' chief concern is the amount of redacted material in Verizon's own FCC filings with respect to its agreements with the cable companies involved in the purchase. The groups want the clock stopped until Verizon and its cable partners reveal all the terms of the spectrum purchases and the associated cross-promotional components. The FCC typically reviews such deals within a period of 180 days. Stopping the clock amounts to a delay in the official review process.


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Mar 6, 2012, 3:16 PM


Get real. No more blocking T-Mobile. When will Verizon and AT&T get it through their thick heads that this sort of thing will no longer be tolerated? I know, I know... They will ALWAYS attempt this sort of nonsense, especially since the FCC somehow allowed Verizon to renege on its own agreement not to acquire Alltel until 2010 and the FCC conveniently looked the other way. I wonder how much cash was exchanged for that?
The worlds not out to help out companies with bad business models. Sprint and TMO are products of their own doings. If there's a bid for new spectrum, money talks bs walks.
Remember Alltel was a REGIONAL carrier. T-Mobile is a NATIONAL carrier.
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